It takes a lot of vitamins and minerals to grow a baby. If a pregnant woman eats a super healthy diet, she still needs prenatal vitamins.
Prenatal vitamins are supplements that contain daily vitamins and minerals every woman needs before and during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, a woman needs more folic acid and iron than usual. This is because;
• Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects. These defects are serious abnormalities of the fetal brain and spinal cord. This nutrient helps the baby’s brain and spinal cord develop correctly.
• Iron helps the blood deliver oxygen to the baby. It may also prevent the baby from being born early or too small.
Ideally, it is taking before conception. In fact, it’s generally a good idea for women of reproductive age to regularly take it. The baby’s neural tube, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops during the first month of pregnancy. Perhaps before you even know that you’re pregnant.
Which prenatal vitamin is best?
Prenatal vitamins are available over-the-counter in nearly any pharmacy. A doctor might recommend a specific brand or leave the choice up to the woman.
Beyond checking for folic acid and iron, look for one that contains calcium and vitamin D. They help promote the development of the baby’s teeth and bones. It also might be beneficial to look for a prenatal vitamin that contains vitamin C, A,E,B , zinc and iodine.
Do prenatal vitamins have side effects
Sometimes the iron in prenatal vitamins contributes to constipation. To prevent constipation:
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Include more fiber in your diet
• Include physical activity in daily routine
• Ask a doctor about using a stool softener
A prenatal vitamin includes all the vitamins and minerals a pregnant woman needs. Taking too many vitamins or minerals may harm the baby. For example, large doses of vitamin A may cause birth defects.
Stay safe and always seek medical advice
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